Below you will find information about the performance of our candidates on the state mandated licensure tests and an estimate of the additional costs incurred by candidates during licensure program completion.
Obtaining a first professional certificate or license in any profession takes a great deal of training and education, but there are some very real costs associated with it as well. Becoming a teacher requires multiple expenditures throughout your program of study and we want you to be aware of them for purposes of future planning and to help you achieve your goal of becoming a teacher. The total costs are not trivial but they are a required part of the overall expense of joining the profession; while we cannot predict all contingencies (having to take a test multiple times, needing more than one Criminal Background Check, etc.) to the best of our ability, these are the estimated costs associated with becoming a teacher in Illinois:
- Illinois State Board of Education Test of Academic Proficiency | TAP (paid to Pearson/NCS), $125 per administration.
- One Criminal Background Check | CBC (ISBE-mandated), $65 (avg. fee, although these fees vary widely).*
- One Tuberculosis Test (TB Test), at University Health Services, $10 (if you opt for your own insurance plan or use student insurance; costs higher if obtained elsewhere).
- Illinois State Board of Education, Content Test (paid to Pearson/NCS), $135 computer-based administration.
- Two Criminal Background Checks | CBC (ISBE-mandated), $65 (avg. fee), total $130.
- One Tuberculosis Test (TB Test), at University Health Services, $10.
- Illinois State Board of Education, additional Content Test for additional endorsement area or second field (paid to Pearson/NCS), $135 computer-based administration.
- One Tuberculosis Test (TB Test), at University Health Services, $10
- Teacher Performance Assessment | edTPA (paid to Pearson), $300.
- One Criminal Background Check | CBC (ISBE-mandated), $65 (avg. fee).
- One physical (from provider of your choice) $30- $70 (avg. fee).
Teaching License Registration Fee
- Once you have graduated and/or completed your program you will have to pay the ISBE $100 to activate your teaching license.
Total Costs: $1,155 over three years.
If you have any questions about these costs please speak to your program advisor, to the Financial Aid Office, or to the University Office of Educator Licensure and Preparation.
*While we have included four CBCs in our estimates, some programs are structured so that students may be required to have as many as ten, adding an additional $390. All costs for CBCs are estimates only and vary widely by placement sites.
**This requirement goes into effect no later than August 2015.
Annual Indicators of Program Effectiveness
Impact of NIU Teacher Candidates on P-12 Student Learning and Development
edTPA Performance of NIU Teacher Candidates during Student Teaching (2016-2017)
|NIU||State of Illinois||Nationwide|
* Average Score: 35 and above is considered passing.
Impact of NIU Alumni on P-12 Student Learning and Development
|Licensure Program Completion Year||Teacher Impact on P-12 Students*||Teaching Skill Evaluation|
|Average Performance Evaluation Score||Needs Improvement||Proficient||Excellent|
|2016 (first-year teachers)||3.0||5.3%||86.8%||7.9%|
|2015 (second-year teachers)||3.2||2.8%||73.2%||23.9%|
|2014 (third-year teachers)||3.2%||5.9%||63.5%||28.7%|
*Impact Scale: 1 = Unsatisfactory, 2 = Needs Improvement, 3 = Proficient, 4 = Excellent
Notes: Data is from a pilot study that included only Elementary Education, English Language Arts, and Music Education programs. The expectation is that beginning teachers will be Proficient (3) and move toward Excellent (4) as they gain more experience.
Source: Illinois State Board of Education
Alumni and Employer Satisfaction with NIU Educator Licensure Program
According to a fall 2016 survey, 100% of new teachers and 94% of their current supervisors indicated satisfaction with the quality of their NIU teacher preparation program.
Source: Teacher Graduate Assessment
Program Completion, Licensure and Employment Rates
Program admission usually occurs at the end of sophomore or beginning of junior year. Sixty-three percent of candidates complete their program within two years and 95% complete their program within three years after program admission. During 2016-2017, 98% of student teachers passed the edTPA and were recommended to the Illinois State Board of Education for licensure. Two percent decided not to pursue a career in teaching. Fifty-four percent of candidates completing NIU teacher licensure programs during 2013-2014 (most recent data available) were employed in Illinois public schools the following year (2014-2015). Others found employment in private schools or pursued teaching opportunities in other states.
Sources: University Office of Educator Licensure and Preparation and Illinois State Board of Education